Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA

OLLI Celebrates 20 Years

Mission Statement:

Aware that an active mind is as necessary to a full life as are social relationships and physical exercise, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia offers educational opportunities and intellectual enrichment to active adults in the community. The Institute is member-directed and draws upon its members’ resources, as well as other academic and community resources, to organize courses and other educational activities. In this stimulating environment, members may acquire new knowledge, explore ideas, exercise creativity, and share interests and expertise with others.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion & Racial Equity


Seniors in the classroomTailored to active adult lifestyles, OLLI’s senior classes:

  • are held in the daytime or during daylight hours
  • are located in places with convenient parking
  • will typically meet once a week for 1-1/2  hours
  • will typically last three to six weeks
  • are designed to fit the typical senior’s schedule

Membership with OLLI at the University of Virginia

We welcome all active adults and seniors who are interested in lifelong learning with several ways to participate: classes and courses, special lectures, volunteer, teach for OLLI, join a Shared Interest group and attend an outing or a special event. There are no prerequisites to join OLLI, educational or otherwise, only a desire to continue learning and growing!

Join us or learn more about membership with OLLI at UVA.

OLLI at UVA is recognized as a University-affiliated organization by the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia.  In 2007, OLLI at UVA, became one of 123 institutes in a growing, national, lifelong-learning network for seasoned adults that is supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation founded in 1977, headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

OLLI at UVA Office – directions, staff contact information and hours of operation.